The Petroglyphs of Kenhardt

On our way way to Augrabies we stopped off to visit a petroglyph site just outside Kenhardt. Amanda made contact with Elma a very enthusiastic woman who agreed to take us out to view the petraglyphs.

There had been a bit of rain and so the flowers of region had started to blossom. Especially beautiful were the Gouwsblomme.

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The petroglyphs were clustered on one side of a hill or kopie as it is known in Afrikaans. This is part of that kopie.

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What follows is a collection of the pictures I took of the pectroglyphs.
This one is fascinating in that there are seven toes on what looks like an animal footprint.

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Astro Photography in Bontebok National Park

We went to the Bontebok National park to do some astro-photography. The park is small but beautiful.

Bontebok Park website is here:

There were some clouds early in the evening which cleared up and by 2 am the stars were gorgeous.
Sunset. Clouds to ruin the “seeing”. Nice pictures though.

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10 pm. Still clouds but they do add some interest.

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2 am and the camera is out of focus. Pictures are still pretty good though.

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Greyton McGregor Hike

With some friends, I did the Greyton McGregor hike. It was incredibly beautiful and incredibly hot. Join me in a short trip up the Riviersonderned Mountains.

The group.

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Here I am looking fresh and enthusiastic.

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Greyton in the distance

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The paths are good, but narrow.

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The Waterfall from above. You can see people walking the ridge above the waterfall.

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Strata along the historic trail. The layer in front of the lady is a 2 cm thick ash layer, laid down millions of years ago during an enormous volcanic eruption.

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Flower along the route.

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A black eagle. It was at least 500 m away and so the picture is pixilated, but it is a huge creature.

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There is a video of the waterfall on YouTube:

Cape Point – The Fairest Cape in all the World

We visited Cape Point Nature reserve and got a bit suntanned, a couple of new birds and as usual some really great images,

Buffelsbaai. I had a swim trying out the new action camera, but was warned out of the water by the surfers. Said they had seem some sharks and fairly close in.  This is Dylan braving the shark infested seas…

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Its a shark, really. How do I know? It moved faster than the surrounding kelp. Seriously, they were not very big and didn’t seem to take much notice of humans in the water.

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Platbos on the Atlantic Side was so very beautiful.

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Of course a polarising filter helps.

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Dissent in the family. Juvenile birds always give trouble.

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Smitswinkel Bay

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Erica – they seem to like the disturbed edges of the roads.

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Diesel and Creme – Barrydale

Diesel and Creme is a restaurant and pub on Route 62. The decor, is quirky to say the least and it seems to work. The place is hugely popular.
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The manequins are a bit unsettling I must admit.

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And some of the dolls are kinda different.

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Tractor seats for the bar. Different.

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No, she did not get a shave or a cut.

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Those mannequins…..

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